|Yes, that is a wallaby hopping past our patio door!|
After our first day on the Great Ocean Road, my family and I stayed at Fauna Australia Wildlife Retreat for the night. We were in the Kangaroo Family Unit, which wasn't extremely luxurious, but we were there for the wildlife experience. And we got it! This place has Australian animals all over its grounds, and the owners even leave you a bag of carrots, encouraging you to feed them and get up close and personal with them. So we did!
|Wombats look like a mix between pigs and koalas!|
|Wallaby and baby|
|Morgan's a little scared of the hungry emus!|
After dark, we went outside again and saw all of the nocturnal animals come to life. Sugar gliders were jumping, koalas were climbing up and down trees, bandicoots were running around, etc. We left a carrot on our porch, and it was gone in the early morning. The wallabies chased each other in loops that passed by our patio door while we ate breakfast.
|Picture perfect koala!|
And a little more wildlife commentary from Morgan…Later in the morning we got a chance to have some time with the koalas, which were extraordinarily tame, and anticipated the food of their caretaker by coming to the gate like little dogs. They were all around us, not afraid to come right up and grab the eucalyptus from our hands. One even bit me! These koalas were brought from Kangaroo Island, where there is an overpopulation problem, and have been raised and bred in captivity so they can be used for educational purposes at schools, programs, etc. It was fun to have everyone surrounded by friendly koalas!
|It's just a koala, Mom!|
|A cute one of Morgan and a koala.|
|My new Facebook profile picture!|